City of Saskatoon
Two out of three cab companies were unhappy about a recommendation put forth to city council Monday night in Saskatoon.
The administration and finance committee recommended the city hand out five new accessible taxi licences amongst three cab companies, United, Radio Cabs and Comfort Cabs. However, the allocation of these licences didn’t sit well with United and Radio Cabs.
“Making things fair for Comfort is not being fair to United and Radio,” said United Group manager Troy Larmer.
The city is ready to start rolling out blue bins to virtually every driveway in Saskatoon as mandatory curbside recycling is set to launch Jan. 2.
"Carts will be delivered in a phased-in, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, basis over the course of six months," said Brenda Wallace, manager of the City of Saskatoon's Environmental Services Branch.
There are 66,000 homes that currently have the city provided black garbage cart, now those homes will also get a blue cart. Loraas Recycle is the service provider that will deliver the carts and pick up the recycling.
Wayne Eyre is leading a charge to get more than 23,000 signatures in 90 days.
The spokesman of “Save the Mendel Gallery” is hoping a petition will force a referendum on the Remai Art Gallery.
The $84-million Remai Art Gallery was approved by city council. The project costs $84 million dollars. Of that, the City of Saskatoon will need to pay for about $21 million.
Eyre would like to see construction stopped and the Mendel Art Gallery renovated instead.
Uncovering the city's worse nautical disaster can be pricey.
On Tuesday, the planning and operations committee with the City of Saskatoon recommended to approve $42,000 in funding for Butch Amundson from Stantec Consulting to restore, conserve and display over 1,000 artifacts retrieved from the North Saskatchewan River on Nov. 15.
Planning and development manager Alan Wallace said it's a significant find.
"It was suspected the ship may be in that location," said Wallace, adding he saw a documentary last year about the SS City of Medicine Hat.
The city of Saskatoon's executive committee is reviewing the snow bylaw to consider increasing enforcement for people who don't clear their sidewalks.
However, seniors in Saskatoon are mixed on the possible changes, which could include a $100 fine or an increase to the amount charged to a person's property tax bill if the city is forced to clear the homeowner's sidewalk.
"I don't know about the fine because some people can't afford it," said Louella, a senior having coffee at Saskatoon's Market Mall.
Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) presented its "wish list" to the Board of Police
Commissioners today, outlining the proposed operating budget for
Police Chief Clive Weighill calls it a "modest" budget, asking for a $3.1 million increase--roughly 5 per cent more than last year.
The majority of the increase is for necessary pay raises, but less than one per cent of it will go towards growth.
Saskatoon's Circle Drive South project is scheduled to open 10 months later than expected and the contractor in charge, Graham-Flatiron, could face large penalties.
In Edmonton, one of the major projects last year was a main road to downtown, said Barry Belcourt, branch manager roads, design and construction with the City of Edmonton transportation services department.
In the contract for this, like others in Edmonton, there was a construction penalty but also a bonus.
The City of Saskatoon is looking into funding options for
the north commuter bridge, including charging a toll.
"For the north commuter bridge we are looking at various options to determine what is the most appropriate for that specific project," said Angela Gardiner, transportation manager for the City of Saskatoon.
A user toll would charge each vehicle crossing the bridge, which is meant for commuter traffic between the residential area in the northeast and the industrial area in the north.
Business owners, students, and concerned residents strolled through the Underground Cafe Wednesday night to get a first look at and critique the proposed plans for the 20th Street West revitalization project.
The 20th Street West Streetscape open house offered residents a chance to voice their thoughts for the proposed redesign of the aging street.
The proposed plans include wider sidewalks, benches, tree and flower planting, and building murals.
Other ideas would see more street and corner lighting for night.
Councillor Pat Lorje believes city councillors should get a raise and she formally requested an independent inquiry into the matter at Tuesday's city council meeting.
"I would like us to be reviewing this and seeing if this compensation package is fair and just," said Lorje in council chambers.
She suggests someone look at comparable cities such as Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, and compare councillor salaries.
Lorje argued city councillor positions are becoming fulltime jobs as many committee meetings are scheduled for the daytime rather than evenings.